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now, august 2nd is the big date, and the hard deadline or the u.s. default defaults on the $14.3 trillion debt. the white house says that lawmakers need a basic plan in place by today if they are going to be able to craft a bill in time to avert a default. nbc's kristen welker is following all of this for us live at the white house. kristen, good afternoon. where do we go from here? what is the bottom line? a lot of talking from the white house and the republicans and where does it all stand and what is next? >> hi, there, jeff. house speaker john boehner and president obama are saying that they are not close to a deal, but there has certainly been a lot of chatter about a potential deal. here is what it would look like. it would involve $3 trillion in deficit reductions over the next decade. it would include immediate cus s to discretionary spending right off of the top, and then over time, you'd see some changes in entitlements things like social security and medicare and also some changes to the tax code including a roll back for tax breaks for the wealthy americans and the
even though their plan is not as big as they wanted it to be, but a short time ago senate majority leader harry reid warned that the bill will be rejected in short order. >> as soon as the house completes the vote tonight or this afternoon, the senate will move to take up that message that they sent to us. it will be defeated. they know that. >> so, no word as of yet from the president today on the standoff. earlier today, press secretary jay carney said that any bill would have to absolutely extend the debt ceiling until 2013, and nbc's kristen welker joins me from the white house. also in the press briefing, jay carney said that the bill being worked on right now is d.o.a. when it reaches the senate. >> yes, that is right. hello, thomas. good afternoon to you. he said it is d.o.a. and 58 senators have said they will come out to vote against it and he reiterated the call that the white house is not going to get behind anything that is not a long-term increase of the debt ceiling. but you know, people have been pushing this on this saying that past presidents have increased the deb
will be raised by next week, but the big question that everybody is asking is how is this going to happen, because it seems that all sides are digging in the heels and the white house continuing to insist that the president would veto a short term plan which is that plan put forth by speaker boehner that is as kelly mentioned would increase the debt ceiling in increments for the first time for six months, and press secretary jay carney, again, today saying that the president would veto that if it made it to his desk, and carney saying that bill would doubtfully pass the senate, but the president said in the remarks last night he does support the plan put forth by reid which would of course, decrease the deficit by $2.7 trillion and raise the deficit through 2012, and here is what press secretary jay carney had to say about the reid plan earlier today. >> it is a legitimate compromise measure. we believe it could pass the senate and the house if folks gave it a fair shake, and we appreciate senator reid putting it forward. the fact that there remains confidence in the world that washington
. the president has made clear that he believes that this has been an opportunity to do something big and historic that requires political will by democrats and republicans, a willingness to take heat from your base as opposed to placate your base, but it requires a will on both sides, and with that i'll take your questions. mr. feller. >> thanks, jay. two questions. we're obviously 24 hours closer to potential calamity here. is the white house any closer itself to a strategy and what's the president doing to achieve it? >> as you know, congress needs to take action. we have been intensely engaged in negotiations, in conversations, in proposals and counterproposals with congress at a variety of different levels. the talks led by the vice president, the private conversations and negotiations that the president had with the speaker of the house. we have continuedรง even since e speaker of the house walked away from those -- from that potential compromise last friday, we've continued to have conversations with all levels, with democrats, republicans, principals and staffers in search of a solution t
for republicans and no real cuts to entitlements so is that the big issues dodged in both of the plans, and the thing is, also, thomas, speaker boehner is a more short-term deal that speaker boehner says they do not want to pass, but what can be done reality and legislatively in the eight-day window that you mentioned. you have the two plans going on the own train, and jay carney said we need a train to reach the station. and it is interesting if harry reid can get cloture on his plan and whether or not one of these is the ones that are left at the end that one side has to stomach. it is looking certainly to be like that, thomas. >> nbc's luke russert on capitol hill, and we will wait and watch. thanks, luke. >> indeed. >>> and the u.s. is urging the imof the raise the ceiling and cut friending. they say that the u.s. should concentrate on entitlement reform. and now a new poll is that the u.s. citizens are losing faith in their lawmakers. 71% say they are not very confident or not confident at all. that is coming up with lawmakers and whether or not they will be able to reach a deal.
factor in the obesity, and it seems like a big stretch. >> okay. wow. we will see what happens with the legal action and the debate especially when we look at the numbers for obesity of children and adults in the country, because it is stunning. thank you, kevin, for coming out to tell your side of the story. >> thank for having me. >>> and the fallout of the "news of the world" phone hacking stretching the globe. there are reports that british investigators are looking for potential phone hacking of 31 reporters at 31 different publications. and scotland yard has expanded the investigation to 60 officers, and meanwhile in australia, their government is introducing legislation allowing citizens to sue for serious invasion of privacy. >>> and coming up, alabama followed arizona passing a tougher immigration law to make it against the law to take an illegal immigrant to the hospital. today a civil rights organization filed a lawsuit to challenge the law. and i will talk to the alabama lawmaker who calls the legislation one of the most awful laws ever passed in the state. >>> and
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